Originally Posted by edpowers
You are taking that analogy way too literally. Its not about the food and water. Its about all the little details in the fictional universe. Like creating a universe where ships have ftl drives, can jump away and barely leave a trail. You can't go 4 seasons in that universe and suddenly introduce an unknown character who can simply break all the rules and simply show them to Earth. It doesn't matter if we don't know who or what that character is, its the fact that she doesn't fit within that universe that they've created.
I completely understand that the Galactica was falling apart ... they pretty much pounded that over our heads for the entire final season. That is a gross simplification of the horse analogy. The real horse was technology. They killed the horse by deciding (without a fight from anybody) to destroy all remaining ships. Its just not plausible that all of these people would just unanimously give up on those other ships without a fight. Especially when all of them were burned in a similar situation on New Caprica.
I REALLY liked your Ursula K. LeGuinn quote on the previous page, Ed.
I've been a fan of hers ever since I first read "The Ones who walk away from Omelas" many moons ago in college (one of the most powerfully moving short stories ever written, in my opinion). Not being much of a fiction reader, I haven't actually READ any of her other fiction, but I've seen her name in a few TV and movie credits, I think.
However, I disagree with your interpretations above, somewhat.
First, I think the "new Starbuck" in Season 4 was just a part of that extended, faith-based mythology you either had to accept or reject. You chose to reject it. I found it kinda cool. Even if you don't believe in God or heaven or eternal life, etc., it's still possible that by some sort of extreme will combined with perhaps the intervention of some unseen/unknown higher life form, she was brought back temporarily just to serve that ONE purpose. And I just thought the way she sort of just "disappeared" had a really neat feel to it.
As for them sending ALL their ships into the sun. I'm not sure, had it been ME, if I wouldn't have kept at least one or two of the ones in the best shape around for "just-in-case" scenarios. But it was them making a statement,
that they were FINISHED RUNNING, and had found a HOME, and were going to set up roots and stay there, and had no further use for those ships. Also, by doing that, they definitely indicated to the remaining Cylons that they certainly WEREN'T any ongoing threat.
Finally, I think A LOT of the answers to the questions about the Cylons and the belief in a single God, and possibly even why some of them got some compassion at the end and decided to become "humanized" are awaiting those of you who have yet to see the "Caprica" pilot.
Frankly, I think "Caprica" explains MORE about the origin and genesis of the Cylon consciousness and state-of-mind than everything else combined, so far, even though it ends very early in that process.